Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) looks to pass the ball during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders' QB Terrelle Pryor set to return, receives praise

Terrelle Pryor had his first National Football League start against the San Diego Chargers on December 30th of last year.  He went 13 for 28 with 150 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception through the air and rushed 9 times for 49 yards and another score in a close 24-21 loss.

This week, Pryor takes on the Chargers again, and the Raiders’ new offensive coordinator Greg Olson praised his quarterback’s progress since the last time he faced San Diego.

“It had been a while since I watched that game, so when it came up this week I got a chance to see it again,” Olson told’s Scott Bair. “It refreshed my memory, and I thought, ‘Oh, this guy has shown a lot of improvement in the course of when he last played the Chargers in that last game.’ That was encouraging to me after watching that.”

Pryor responded to his coaches’ praise, and gave Raiders’ fans reason for encouragement.

“He’s right. I made big strides and big steps throughout the process,” Pryor said. “I have to keep on working hard and understand you’re never good enough. You always have to keep on pushing and try to better yourself because that’s only going to help the team.”

Oakland (1-3) takes on San Diego (2-2) on Sunday night.  A win means pulling even with the Chargers, a loss means falling further into the abyss.  Either way, Pryor’s attitude towards working and getting better are all positive signs for the future.

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